Mindy Memories

Friday, July 22, 2005

Another "You Know You're From" meme

I was going to to the one for Upstate NY, but it was more about the area north of NYC, and didn't include the western part of the state. Typical. So, I chose the Rochester meme, since that was the closest city to us, even though it was over an hour away.

You Know You're From Rochester, NY When...

The only thing at the annual May Lilac Festival is snow.

Very true!

The worst four-letter word you could say is "Fuji".

LOL! Took me a minute. Yes, the Kodak people don't like that, do they?

You can't swim at the beach.

Never swam in Rochester.

You thought that you had figured out that alternate-parking thing, but wind up with a ticket anyway.

Don't know about that, but my uncle probably does (he lives there).

Toronto is about 70 miles away, but it takes four hours to get there.

That's the truth. Used to take forever to get there.

The name "Greater Rochester International Airport" is bigger than the airport itself.


There's an 800 number to report a pothole in the road.

Didn't know that.

You know that a "Can of Worms" is not something that you take fishing. Your baby's first word is "Wegmans".

Yes, avoid that traffic jam-up at all costs! Wegmans are great! Wish we had some here.

You ask lifetime residents where the George Eastman House is, but they don't know either.

Neat place though. I still have a beautiful watercolor poster of it in my hallway.

In a city where it snows at least 90 inches a year, they build a new sports stadium with no roof on it.


It can be 70 degrees one day, below freezing the next, and you think nothing of it.


Your mother is buying outfits to wear to Wegmans.

Don't know about that...

Your low-fat diet is never low enough to exclude an Abbott's custard.

Missed out on those.

You order a white hot and a pop, and the counterman knows what you're talking about.

Yes, I grew up saying pop and when I moved to FL I got odd looks.

You can travel from Egypt to Greece in about a half-hour by car.

My grandfather was born in Egypt, my sister went to law school in Ithaca, and we lived in Jerusalem. We are indeed world travelers :)

D&C is a newspaper, not a medical procedure.

Yep, good ol' Democrat and Chronicle. Better than the Penn Yan Express, also known as the Penn Yan Distress.

There are no hamburgers, only ground steak.


You can go to any mall on a Saturday and see at least 5 people you either work with, went to school with or dated.

The malls were far enough from Penn Yan (where I lived) that we only went on special occasions.

A musical comes to town 10 years after its Broadway premier and the entire town goes nuts!


You awaken from a deep sleep, look at the clock and see that it's 6:00, but you have no idea whether it's AM or PM.

This is true, especially in the cold months.

When 18+ inches of snow falls overnight, but you never thought of NOT going to work.

Yep. I remember there had to be huge amounts of snow on the ground for school to be canceled.

You are perplexed when friends from other cities come to visit and want to "see the sights".

Ha. There are some interesting things in Rochester, I think.

In winter if the temperature hits 45 degrees and the sun comes out, people walk around downtown wearing shades and no jackets.


There are places at the poles that seem to get more sunlight during the winter months than we do.


Wegmans is somewhere to go on a Friday night, for entertainment.

Never did that.

You know who Vinnie and Angelo are.


You define summer as three months of bad sledding.

No, but that's pretty funny.

You think that people from Pennsylvania have an accent.

True, and it goes both ways.

Halloween is snowed out with great regularity.

I remember several Halloweens where there was snow on the ground, almost always on Thanksgiving.

You have experienced frostbite and sunburn in the same week.

Never had frostbite, but grape-tying season would be strange.

Half the change in your pocket is Canadian, eh.

Lots of Candian money in the area.

Your idea of a seven-course meal is a six pack of Genny and a bucket of Buffalo wings.

Good ol' Genesee beer. Never drank it but my dad did.

You believe that "down south" means Maryland.


Your snowmobile, lawn mower and fishing boat all have big block Chevy engines.

We didn't own any of those things (we had a guy mow our lawn). We had tractors and farm equipment instead -- like grape harvesters.

You can compare Nick Tahoe's garbage plate to at least 3 other knock-offs in competing restaurants.

Not familiar with it.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Rochester, NY.

I get most of them, but I didn't live in Rochester and when I lived there it was 20 years ago, so cut me a little slack :)


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